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Day 207: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Pershing

23 Sep

Think I Wanna Die

Let’s flash back to 203 days ago.  Just beginning this impossible project, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.  But that didn’t stop me from realizing that I couldn’t waste time on picking records.  I needed an album for Day 3, and I decided to check where I found most of my music pre-Swole.  Back then, my last.fm homepage gave me some pretty solid recommendations—this was before I had completely ruined the algorithm by breaking my listening habits and playing music of every variety under the sun.  Swole Ear may have significantly broadened my musical horizons, but it has also significantly effected my musical recommendations.   Last.fm, I’ve had enough under-produced folk-punk for now, thank you very much.

Anyway, I saw a band on the list called Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. How could I not check them out?  It’s been love ever since.  I’ve listened to Broom a million times over the past seven or so months.  Today, I decided that I wanted to hear more, so I listened to the group’s second album, Pershing.

I was not disappointed—there was no sophomore slump for SSLYBY.  Yes, the band still sounds exactly like Wilco, but I’m willing to overlook some statements that I’ve made in the past 203 days regarding my dislike of non-innovative bands.  There’s no denying that this is some good alt-country, regardless of whom they may be influenced by.  Plus, this is Swole Ear, so I’m sure that I could find half a dozen of my previous statements that would back up my current position. Haters gon hate.

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Day 3: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Broom

3 Mar

Pangea

I base a lot of the music that I try out on my last.fm recommendations.  Sometimes, they come through.  Other times, it fails spectacularly.  One can’t expect a music-based algorithm on the internet–a free one no less–to be perfect.  Anyway, when I saw the ridiculous name “Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin” listed on my recommendation page, I knew that I would have to give them a try.

It’s unfortunate that I’ve stumbled upon this band before Spring has had the time to go into full force.  SSLYBY’s mellow, indie-rock will probably fall more pleasantly on my ears when there’s no longer snow on the ground, when puffy down coats are no longer necessary, and when plaid shorts take over for jeans.

This is something that I can definitely see myself listening to in a few months.  There’s no question that Broom is a good album, with quite a few songs that I liked on this initial listen.  The jangly guitars and simple drum beats work well together, and Philip Dickey’s bored, slightly muffled voice leads to a very relaxed, low-key sound.

The problem is, I’m not in a relaxed, low-key mindset at the moment.  Chances are, I won’t be in that mindset until my last final exam is over.  On Friday, June 10.  At 1:40 pm.  In 103 days.  When that time comes around, I’m sure that I’ll be able to appreciate this album.  For now, though,angry, loud, and fast music is what I need.  Fortunately, I’ll be listening to Andrew Jackson Jihad tomorrow.